Craftsman Style Book Rack

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Project by vipond33 posted 06-29-2012 04:09 AM 6903 views 54 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve never been much for making projects from plans (get quite enough of that at work thank you) for I like to experiment and design on my own or build in part on others ideas. Just small stuff you know.

About 90 days ago though your honor, a little cutey beckoned me with her little finger from GBishop’s project pages, for G had made a real nice Craftsman’s style book rack in white oak.

As mentioned by him, it was made from a plan from Woodsmith magazine, issue 171, so I downloaded a copy and was pleasantly surprised by the publication. Not all hoity toity like Fine Woodworking sometimes is but with personal, comfortably written build articles containing clear diagrams and instructions. How nice not to have to think at all (a cutting list!), and though I made one minor modification to allow a fully housed joint, it was a case of relax and just do it.

My copy is made in walnut and though the article enjoined you to try making carved end panels I couldn’t quite do it. I chickened out. Instead I used Tamo ash veneered raised panels bordered in walnut, and I also departed from the plain shelf by inlaying the veneer there as well.
Tamo ash is also known as Japanese ash, a rather expensive veneer (I had a huge free sample) It is not generally available in solid stock cause they keep it to themselves it seems. But the veneer alone has magnificent movement with changing light and viewing positions. This really does not show up well in these photos. I wonder how it’s done.

That’s one favourite made, a couple hundred to go.
90 days I got.

8 3/4” x 20 3/4” x 11”
About 20 hrs.
Poorly finished
Build on LJ’s.

G_Bishop’s version.
loaded for bear

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#1 posted 06-29-2012 04:25 AM

gene that is one beautiful book rack,Tamo ash veneered panels bordered in walnut looks great first time ive seen it and im sold on it just a beautiful build ,the upside of down you are a true Canadian, he would be proud to see it in it in such a beautiful display .kites too

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#2 posted 06-29-2012 04:27 AM

I like the book rack and the selection of books you’ve put in it! Bill Bryson is one of my favorites. Is that Kierkegaard on the far right??? If so, I’m impressed. Thanks for sharing the project.

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#3 posted 06-29-2012 04:35 AM

That is a really nice project, like the wood, the combo’s of wood also. Looks much bigger than it is until the books are in place

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 06-29-2012 04:39 AM


What a nice project. I like the look. It has lots of little things in it to please the eye. Great wood selection on your part. Thanks for sharing.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 06-29-2012 04:56 AM

I really like this book rack. The wood selection is fantastic and just the general usefulness of it is great. I could really see this sitting in my kitchen with my cook books stored on it. This is going on my to build list so I hit that little button at top to make it a favorite.

Thanks for sharing

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#6 posted 06-29-2012 05:01 AM

Very cool design and amazing wood. Great job Gene


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#7 posted 06-29-2012 05:07 AM

Very cool…great wood selection and nice execution. I love it!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#8 posted 06-29-2012 05:18 AM

As I may have said before Gene, You do nice work.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#9 posted 06-29-2012 05:31 AM

Very nice choice of woods. And as always, finely built.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#10 posted 06-29-2012 07:17 AM

Another fabulous make Gene, : ))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#11 posted 06-29-2012 09:04 AM

Beautiful piece of work and very eye-catching.

“The World Without Us” is a GREAT book.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#12 posted 06-29-2012 11:00 AM

Beautiful choice of wood, and another great project. It’s amazing the power of that one little finger, isn’t it.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#13 posted 06-29-2012 11:30 AM

Beautiful piece, beautifully executed.

I have several of books from your shelf: The Canon, A Short History of Nearly Everything, Leaving Home, The World Without Us.

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#14 posted 06-29-2012 11:51 AM

That is a beautiful book rack. That Tamo Ash is amazing!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#15 posted 06-29-2012 11:51 AM

That is a striking piece

Your detail is great

I think your wood choice makes it very unique


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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